June 22, 2005

Promoting Impunity:

The Israeli Military's Failure to Investigate Wrongdoing

Summary
Recommendations
To the Government of Israel
Use of Force
Accountability
I. Introduction
About This Report
II. Why Investigate?
Legal Obligations
International Humanitarian Law..
International Human Rights Law..
What Makes a Good Investigation?
III. Israel's Investigations Policy
IDF Arguments
IV. Overview of the Military Justice System...
Disciplinary Proceedings
Operational Debriefings
Military Police/Criminal Investigations
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Military Police
Special Investigations
V. "Lowest Priority": Deaths of Palestinian Civilians
Reluctance to Investigate
Munib Abu Munshar
Nidal Abu Muhsin
Investigations without Standards
Ahmad al-Quraini
Ruwaida al-Hajin
Ignored or Lost
Tha'ir, Mustafa, and Iyad al-Samudi
Husni `Amir
Nuha al-Muqadama
The Killing of Nahla `Aqil and Injury of Her Three Children
VI: Foreign Pressure: Special Treatment
Tom Hurndall
Shadin Abu Hijla
James Miller
Brian Avery
Rachel Corrie
The "Operational Investigation"
The Military Police Investigation
VII. Denial of Justice100
The Role of "Operational Investigations"100
Timeliness103
Obtaining Testimony105
Witness Fears107
Jenin Cases of Human Shields109
Treatment of Witnesses110
Case of Ahmad and Jamil Abu `Aziz111
Good Faith?112
Lack of Transparency and Victim Involvement114
Hamid al-Qut115
Lack of Compensation117
Appendix A: Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions120
Acknowledgements125